Fans of the Chinese Panda can look forward to a special edition bullion coin to commemorate 30 years of producing bullion coins. Although the Panda began its production in 1982, The People’s Bank of China has been producing bullion coins since 1979.
The basic design of the coin will be the same as the regular 2009 issue. The obverse of the coin features the Hall of Praying for Good Harvest of the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, the title for the Peoples’ Republic of China in Chinese, and the year. Added to the lower half of the edge will be “30th Anniversary of the Issuance of the Chinese Modern Precious Metal Commemorative Coins” in Chinese.
The reverse will feature the panda design for 2009 with a border that will include “30th Anniversary of the Issuance of the Chinese Modern Precious Metal Commemorative Coins” in English. The weight and fineness of the metal will be placed at the bottom of the design just above the border.
This commemorative series will consist of a one-quarter ounce gold coin and a one-ounce silver coin. The gold coin will be made of one-quarter troy ounces of .999 gold, 22 millimeters in diameter, and have a face value of 100 Yuan. The silver coin will be made of one troy ounce of .999 fine silver, 40 millimeters in diameter, and have a face value of 10 Yuan. Mintage is limited to 10,000 gold and 300,000 silver coins.
Coins will be struck at the Shenzhen Guobao Mint and officially distributed by China Gold Coin, Inc., a corporation of the People’s Bank of China.
It looks like I will have to add the silver coin to my want list in order to keep up with the series.
Image courtesy of China Gold Coin, Inc.